House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) decided on Thursday to publically call on Joe Biden to official say “goodbye” to the scheduled presidential debates — a notion that many on the right have been sounding the alarm about for months.
Pelosi told reporters during her Thursday press conference that Biden should cancel his planned debate appearances because he shouldn’t “legitimize a conversation” with President Trump.
Biden has indicated as recently as Thursday that he will indeed appear in at least three debates with Trump, but Pelosi said she disagrees with his decision to move ahead with debate plans.
“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States. Now I know that the Biden campaign thinks in a different way about this,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi groused that Trump will “probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency” and “belittle what the debates are supposed to be about.”
“They’re not to be about skullduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process,” Pelosi complained. “Why else would he try to undermine the elections in the manner in which he is doing?
“So, if Joe Biden asked me what I thought about it, [I’d say] I don’t think that he should dignify that conversation with Donald Trump,” she concluded.
The Biden campaign responded that while they agree with Pelosi’s assessment of Trump, Biden will still appear in the debates. “We certainly agree with Speaker Pelosi on her views of the President’s behavior,” said Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates. “But just as she has powerfully confronted that behavior in the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, Joe Biden looks forward to doing the same on the debate stage.”